Suspect identified in deadly fast-food parking lot shooting

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A man was shot to death in northwest Harris County on Friday evening, authorities said.

The shooting was reported around 5:46 p.m. in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in the 15500 block of FM 529.

Witnesses told authorities that at least one shot was fired after an altercation between two men while they were sitting in a vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office said that's when the shooting occurred.

"It's too early to say whether it was a drug transaction or a robbery or anything along those lines," said Thomas Gilliland, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

There was a black duffel bag found outside the gray car, but it's unclear what was inside of it.

Photos courtesy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Photos courtesy of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators released photos of the man they believed to be the shooter hoping the public would help identify him. Early Sunday, investigators said the  man in the photos was identified as Matthew Schnaare, 19. 

He was seen leaving the scene in a blue, four-door sedan shortly after the incident.

The man who was killed was declared dead at the scene. His identity was not revealed, but officials said he was in his 20s.

Gilliland said the shooting happened in the parking lot of Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers and they don't believe the restaurant was involved in any way.

Detectives had the area roped off and were taking pictures inside the fast food restaurant.

Authorities said there is surveillance video in the area that they will review.

No one else was injured.

Anyone with information about Schnaare's whereabouts is asked to call the HCSO's homicide unit at 713-274-9100. Officials said Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in the case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitting tips online at crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.